Best Film for the Canon EOS 630

The best film to use in the Canon EOS 630 should depend on the lens, lighting, and type of film you want to shoot.

Working with an ISO 400 35mm or faster will enable you to skip having to carry around a flash or tripod.

If you would like to shoot photos indoors or anytime there is low light, ensure you are using a fast lens. For lens lens ideas take a look at my post on the 5 Best Lenses for the Canon EOS 630.

Kodak UltraMax 400 35mm Film
Kodak UltraMax 400 35mm Film

Kodak UltraMax 400 - A great selection for an array of conditions. Using this film you should be able to handhold the EOS 630 in lots of situations.

The photos will have wonderful skin tones and tend to be on the warm side.

Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400
Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - Depending on your location, this film may have greater availability. It’s a top quality alternative to Kodak film.

Fuji photographs tend to have cooler colors with stronger blues and greens, compared to Kodak.

Lomography Color Negative 800 ISO
Lomography Color Negative 800 ISO

Lomography 800 - You’re limited to a few possibilities if you want an ISO 800 speed color film. This happens to be the only 35mm film emulsion focused on consumers.

It can also be found in the 120 film format, to be used with a medium format camera.

Kodak Gold 200
Kodak Gold 200

Kodak Gold 200 - An awesome way to get that mid-80s through 90s look. Use an on-camera flash to get the “authentic” look.

To bring the best look out of the film, over-expose it by 1 or 2-stops. This will produce the beautiful colors everyone loves the film for.

Box of Kodak Portra 400 ISO 35mm film
Kodak Portra 400

Kodak Portra 400 - Among film shooting enthusiasts online, Portra 400 is by far and away the most frequently used color negative 35mm film. Overexpose it by 1 or 2-stops to get the look the film is known for.

Additionally, ISO 800 and ISO 160 versions of Portra. As well as in rolls of 120 film, 4x5 sheets, and 8x10 sheets.

These film stocks have low costs and excellent quality, making them quite popular for use in the Canon EOS 630.

The biggest attraction for photography students and budget minded photographers is the low price. Even if you don’t put yourself in those groups, it is good to have economical rolls of 35 film around for evaluating newly delivered used gear.

Kentmere ISO 400 Film
Kentmere 400

Kentmere 400 - Made by Harmon Technology, which is also the owner of Ilford. This is excellent since that makes this the most commonly sold B&W film of the 3.

Foma Fomapan 400 Action
Foma Fomapan 400 Action

Foma Fomapan 400 Action - It’s easier to purchase in Europe as the film is produced by Foma Bohemia inside of the Czech Republic.

A suitable film emulsion to employ for your first few attempts at developing film at home or analog photography. Also a good selection if you are testing out a camera to confirm that it is totally operational.

Ultrafine eXtreme 400
Ultrafine eXtreme 400

Ultrafine eXtreme 400 - The cheapest store to buy this film is online directly from Ultrafine.

They have chemical developer kits for color film, so if you develop film at home you could have already had interactions with them.

Ilford HP-5 Plus 400 and Kodak Tri-X 400 are the 2 top selling black & white film stocks. They do have quite a few qualities that are equivalent that help make them so popular, while maintaining unique styles.

Both film stocks can be pushed 2 stops and while still creating quality results. A roll of film can be used at ISO 400, 800, or 1600, making them remarkably flexible.

Ilford HP5 Plus 400
Ilford HP5 Plus 400

Ilford HP5 Plus 400 - Between the two film emulsions, HP5 Plus is more affordable and has lower levels of contrast. Lower levels of contrast can be a benefit because contrast can be added when making a print in the darkroom or through digital processing.

The film still appears good when pushed 2-stops. It is also known for having subtle grain.

Kodak Tri-X 400
Kodak Tri-X 400

Kodak Tri-X 400 - This film emulsion provides a more distinctive style. To produce the traditional grain structure, contrast, and look of the film, it needs to be developed in Kodak D-76.

Kodak Tri-X 400 undoubtedly has far more contrast. That’s ideal if it is the style you want because it means considerably less work when making a print or through digital post processing.

Film stocks that make a positive image are referred to as reversal, slide, or transparency film. That means a lightbox or projector can be used to view the pictures.

The colors don’t need to be inverted to be viewed, unlike the more common negative film emulsions.

Slide films are regarded as very hard to shoot due to the fact slide film has a lot less latitude and dynamic range when compared to negative film.

Kodak Ektrachrome E100 Slide Film
Kodak Ektrachrome E100 Transparency Film

Kodak Ektachrome 100 - This is a fine grain film known for beautiful skin tones. There’s almost no hypersaturation of colors. It has been color balanced for daylight.

Fujichrome Velvia 50
Fujichrome Velvia 50

Fujifilm Velvia 50 - This is a seriously sharp color balanced for daylight slide film with high levels of contrast and saturation, giving images a signature look. When compared to all the slide films available for purchase, it has the top resolving power.

There is another emulsion with an ISO of 100.

Fujichrome Provia 100F
Fujichrome Provia 100F

Fujichrome Provia 100F - Offers vibrant and realistic colors with moderate contrast and color saturation. It’s a film balanced for daylight with ultra fine grain.

Foma Fomapan R100
Foma Fomapan R100

Foma Fomapan R100 - This is a black & white transparency film, claimed by Fomapan as having very fine grain, increased levels of contrast, and excellent resolving power. It is also mentioned as a alternative for the discontinued Agfa Scala film emulsion.

Professional film stocks cost more due to the fact that they are easier to push, have increased latitude, and dynamic range.

You should expect to see a big difference in supply. Consumer film stocks can oftentimes be seen in big-box stores and pharmacies in meager quantities. Professional film emulsions needs to be ordered from a specialized camera store or online retailer.

Film speed is listed as ISO, which can also be regarded as the film’s light sensitivity.

The higher the film’s ISO, the less light is needed to properly expose a photo. This comes at the expense of larger film grain.

It can be a challenge to handhold the EOS 630 with ISO 100 or slower speed films (ISO 25, ISO 50, etc). The are going to take more time might take longer than what you can handhold without leading to motion blur unless you are working in full sun.

A flash, fast lens, and/or tripod will assist you with longer shutter speeds. Using a fast ISO 400 or ISO 800 film can make the extra accessories unnecessary.

As a quick note, the ISO knob is labeled as ASA on the Canon EOS 630. The transition to using ISO from ASA (American Standards Association) happened after the creation of the International Standards Organization (ISO).

Film latitude is the range of stops film can be overexposed while maintaining adequate photographs. Pro films have a larger latitude paired with a slightly higher cost.

Negative film has more latitude compared to slide film. That is one of the reasons why it is viewed as more challenging to work with.

Dynamic range is the range between the darkest and brightest details of a photo that can be recorded. Areas of a photograph that do not fit in this range will appear as solid white overexposed highlights or completely black underexposed shadows.

A bigger dynamic range is advantageous since a bigger range makes shooting in varied lighting conditions easier.

  • Digital cameras 14+ stops
  • Negative film up to 13 stops
  • Slide film 6-8 stops

Reversal film is viewed as tricky to use resulting from the small dynamic range. Golden hour is the ideal time to use transparency.

35mm film that is sold in metal canisters is used by the Canon EOS 630. In addition, it’s the most frequently used film format and sometimes referred to as 135 film.

120 or 220 film, used by medium format cameras, is the only other type of film you are likely to encounter}.

One of the marvelous properties of film is that you can change the film emulsion you use and get a completely different look to your photos.

DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister
DX Encoding on a 35mm Film Canister

All commercially available 35mm film made currently has a DX code. This makes it possible for cameras to detect and set the ISO of the canister loaded.

DX-coding does not make a difference for the Canon EOS 630 because ISO must be dialed in manually.

There are a handful of options for where to have film processed. For a more complete discussion of the possible choices look at my article on Where to Get Film Developed.

WARNING: Film is not processed on location at big box stores and pharmacies. They send film off-site to be developed by a separate company. Consequently, you will not get your processed negatives back.

  1. Develop Film at Home
  2. Use a Local Photography Lab
  3. Use a Mail Order Photo Lab
  4. Pharmacy or Big Box Store

The most straightforward solution and what I would suggest using if you are just beginning to use film is to mail your film to a photo lab to be developed and scanned. A downside to this is that it gets very expensive if you consistently shoot film.

There are a few activities that you can do to help reduce the costs involved in using film, provided that you’re using a moderate to high volume of film.

Purchasing a roll of 100 feet of film and loading in into canisters by hand is one of the most popular methods to save money.

Once you’re done, you will get about 18 canisters of 36 exposures each. Depending on the film you can expect to save 20%-30%.

Be aware that you are only going to find 100’ rolls of black and white film. This is because black & white film is easier and less expensive to process at home.

All film can be processed at home. It is a smart method to save money so that you can use more film with your Canon EOS 630.

Black and white film is by far the simplest to process yourself. Developer temperature and development times are not as critical to do correctly with black & white film as temperatures and time are for color negative or transparency film.